Fodderty is central for most activities within Ross-shire, and Rose Cottage has been used as a base for the many outdoor activities available.
Immediately behind us you can walk up Knockfarrel, passing St. John the Baptists Well, to the vitrified fort on the top, or join one of the Foot Path Trust walks that will take you either to Dingwall or Strathpeffer and return by a low route or high one! It all depends on what you wish to undertake.
You can wander along all the paths, relax at viewpoints, scramble up gorges, listen to the whispering of burns and the roar of water falls, then when that becomes too noisy take a stroll across a silent moor.
For those who tackle more demanding longer and higher walks you can be spoilt for choice. Right above us is Ben Wyvis one of the higher mountains in the UK, with a variety of “Munroes” within a 30 mile radius.
As well as walking there are many Forestry tracks available for mountain biking in the area, and Square Wheels bike shop is in Strathpeffer to cater for your biking needs should you wish to challenge yourself on two wheels during your stay.
There is abundant wildlife in the area and some species are found in few other places in the British Isles. Bird watching can hold many rewards for enthusiasts with changing species as the seasons come and go, with lots to see around Rose Cottage.
Nigg, Udale, and Munlochy bays situated around the Black Isle have become conservation areas and hold a wide variety of water fowl. The winter months see the population explode with all the migratory ducks and geese from Greenland, Iceland, and northern Europe. There is even a Heronry on the southern shore of Munlochy bay.
In recent years the reintroduction of the Red Kite to the Black Isle, about 10 miles from here, has been a great success. Since the release of the original birds many pairs have nested and reared their young, some staying within the area while others have moved quite far. You can often see and hear Red Kites, Buzzards, and other Raptors from Rose Cottage garden.
Ospreys are also frequently seen on the shores of the Cromarty Firth.
They can be seen fishing not far from vantage points quite close to Dingwall at any state of the tide owing to the shallow waters of the Connon River that flow into the firth.
Also some 20 miles from Fodderty there is the chance to see Britain’s most northerly group of Bottle Nosed Dolphins.
There are three boat trip departure points. One each from Cromarty and Avoch on the Black Isle and one from Inverness harbour. There is also a departure point at Portmahomack higher up on Easter Ross.
However should you not wish to go on a boat trip you can, tides permitting, view Dolphins and Porpoises from vantage points on the Black Isle at Cromarty, Channory Point near Fortrose, and at North Kessock down below the Kessock bridge.
About 5 miles from Rose Cottage, heading north through Dingwall you come to the Cromarty Bridge. Go left at the roundabout and some 400 yards on there is Foulis Ferry Restaurant and car park. From these vantage points and depending on the tide, you will have some of the best views to be had of Grey Seals lying on rocks and in pools along the shore.
Fishing for salmon or trout is available locally in hill lochs and rivers where you can practice the art of the wet or dry fly. Further information can be obtained from Cliff Furlong at the Sports and Model Shop in Dingwall who can also organise and supply permits.
Rainbow trout are stocked and released in a number of lochs where one can hire a boat or tackle on a whole day or half day basis. Some venues will allow bait to be used by juniors.
Golf having originated in Scotland is well supported in Ross-shire, with a number of very challenging courses within a 30 mile radius and even more should one wish to travel further. Below is an aerial picture of the Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club.
There are many other opportunities for outdoor activities available in the Easter Ross area, it all depends on you.
Should you wish you can just stay at Rose Cottage and have a quiet game of Boulles in the garden. The court is 12 metres x 3 metres and boulles are supplied – although you can bring your own if you wish.
Strathpeffer Pipe Band
Strathpeffer has its very own Pipe Band who play in the Strathpeffer Square each Saturday evening, over the summer months. There are also Highland Dancers accompanied by solo Pipers which makes for a really enjoyable and photogenic evening, and there is often dances and events on in the newly refurbished Spa Pavillion, a beautifully restored centrepiece for this Victorian Spa village.
For Further information for things to do in the surrounding area please feel free to Contact Us.